Heimbigner recognized, trustee appointment rescinded

By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Courtesy photo                        Laurel Activities Director Roger Heimbigner receives his All–Class Athletic Director of the Year award from Park City Athletic Director Bob Hogemark at a recent Montana High School Association ceremony.

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            Laurel Activities Director Roger Heimbigner receives his All–Class Athletic Director of the Year award from Park City Athletic Director Bob Hogemark at a recent Montana High School Association ceremony.

Laurel wrestlers have busy week

At Monday’s school board meeting Laurel High School Activities Director Roger Heimbigner was recognized for receiving the honor of Montana All–Class Athletic Director of the Year. Each year the Montana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association recognizes an athletic director from each class (AA, A, B, C) as well as choosing an AD for an overall All–Class award.

Park City Athletic Director Bob Hogemark nominated Heimbigner and presented the award at the Montana High School Association ceremony.

Laurel High School has won 40 state championships in its history and Heimbigner said “I have been lucky enough over the past 2 1/2 years to be part of nine of those state championship experiences.” Heimbigner gives credit to the LHS coaches and the high school students themselves and said the success is not limited to athletics. “Speech, Drama and Debate has brought home three trophies during that time span and, along with a few ‘We the People’ championships, it shows the time and effort our coaches and students have put in to being successful, as well as how wellrounded our student body is.”

The board voted to rescind the appointment of Rene Roth to the vacant trustee position, with the amendment that a second candidate be added to the list.

Roth was the only applicant and her appointment was included on the Jan. 13 board agenda for consideration. Her appointment was tentatively approved by a 3–1 vote and was objected to by a board member who questioned whether or not having two family members on the board was a violation of policy (Roth is Trustee Karen Teeters’ daughter).

County Attorney Mark English stated in a letter, “The Board’s attempt to fill the vacant trustee position did not comply with the applicable statutes. The appointment is not valid. The Board had 60 days to appoint someone to the position in compliance with the statutes. The Board failed to do so. The Board […] should rescind the previous appointment and request the County Superintendent of Schools to appoint someone to the board.”

He also added: “The Board and the trustees appear to be attempting to comply with all the applicable statutes, including the nepotism statutes. Really, the family that is willing to have two of its members serve on the Board should be commended for their willingness to serve the public with their participation on the board.”

The paperwork will now be forwarded to the County Superintendent of Schools for the Laurel trustee appointment.

In other business:

• Town Pump Inc. was thanked for choosing Graff School for the $500 ExxonMobil Education Alliance Grant to be used to purchase the online math program McGraw-Hill ALEKS (Assessment of Learning in Knowledge Spaces).

• West School thanked members of St. John’s LWML for their $200 donation towards student lunch accounts. Principal Kelly Anderson said in letter: “Your gracious contribution is sincerely appreciated and recognized.”

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